Russia bans fruit, veg, meat, fish, dairy imports from U.S., EU

MOSCOW Thu Aug 7, 2014 9:52am EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting at Kremlin in Moscow July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting at Kremlin in Moscow July 31, 2014.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will ban fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a government meeting on Thursday.

The decision follows a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin ordering the government to ban or limit food imports from countries that imposed sanctions on Moscow for its support of rebels in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

"There is nothing good in sanctions and it wasn't an easy decision to take, but we had to do it," Medvedev said.

The ban is valid from Aug. 7 and will last for one year, he said.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt, Katya Golubkova, Maria Kiselyova and Alexei Anishchuk; editing by Jason Neely)

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